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Student Nurse Receives Standing Ovation After Saving Life Of A Woman

Filed in Nursing News by on February 2, 2016

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A student nurse received a standing ovation from a theatre audience after saving the life of a woman suffering a heart attack during The Bodyguard musical.

Kristian Keyte, 24, was waiting for the award-winning production to begin at the Bristol Hippodrome when 71-year-old Judith Mansfield suddenly collapsed in the stalls.

Mr Keyte, who was sitting behind the pensioner, immediately ‘vaulted’ over the seat and starting performing CPR on her in front of shocked audience members. He carried out the life-saving technique for two minutes, before using the Hippodrome’s defibrillator to restart Ms Mansfield’s heart and ‘bring back a pulse’. He then used a ventilation bag to help to stabilise her breathing. When paramedics arrived at the scene shortly after, Ms Mansfield was said to be ‘awake but disorientated’.

Mr Keyte stayed with her while the medics gave her oxygen and monitored her condition, before she was rushed to hospital for emergency treatment. After the victim had been taken away, Mr Keyte received a standing ovation from the audience.

Speaking today, the University of the West of England student said: “[Ms Mansfield] was a few rows in front of me and I just saw her collapse on to her daughter.

“As a student nurse I couldn’t sit back and do nothing. Natural instinct just kicked in and I went over. She wasn’t breathing and it looked like she was suffering a cardiac arrest.

“My friend and I gently helped her to the floor and I began CPR while he tried to comfort the woman’s daughter who was obviously very distressed.”

Mr Keyte, a third-year student and St John’s Ambulance volunteer since the age of 10, has been volunteering at the Hippodrome in Bristol with St John’s for five years.

But he said he had never seen anything like Thursday’s incident before.

He said: “It was quite a big deal because it was very public. It was very scary and I did feel like I had her life in my hands. I really just wanted save this woman or at least stabilise her until an ambulance arrived.

“It was my first cardiac arrest outside of a hospital environment, but when you have to do it you just get on with it.”

Leading lady of The Bodyguard, Alexandra Burke , was so impressed with Mr Keyte’s quick thinking that she met him after the show and took to Twitter to praise him.

“Glad to hear the audience member taken ill during last night’s show is recovering. Great work from @stjohnsambulance and Kristian!”

Mr Keyte said it was a ‘real pleasure’ to meet the former X Factor winner.

Emily Phipps-Morgan, who saw the drama unfold, at the theatre on Thursday night, said the student ‘undoubtedly’ saved Ms Mansfield’s life.

“After about 40 minutes working to stabilise her, he received a standing ovation from the whole theatre,” she said.

Paramedics took the pensioner to hospital, where she is understood to be recovering.

Ms Mansfield’s daughter, Beverley Bishop, said today: “The entire family – my dad, sister, three grandchildren and sons-in-law – are eternally grateful to Kristian and everyone else who helped, including St John Ambulance, who were on hand, and the ambulance crew. It could have been a very different story.”

General manager of the Bristol Hippodrome, Neil Chandler, said: “We are pleased to hear today that the patron is in a stable condition in hospital and wish her all the very best for a full recovery. “We are most grateful to the nurse who was here to watch The Bodyguard who administered CPR to the patron prior to the ambulance staff arriving. Naturally our front of house staff are fully trained and were on hand to address the situation, although having a member of the audience immediately react reminds us of the caring and compassionate nature of people.”

The Bodyguard, first performed in December 2012, is based on the 1992 film of the same name.


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